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Impressive Art Deco Hotel

Famous for some of its big name visitors, this hotel has been extensively refurbished. A bit on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Tide dependant adventure

Dependant on the tide you can walk or take sea tractor out to the island (£2). The island has a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Southern England
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Bigbury-on-Sea, Plymouth TQ7 4BG, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Famous for some of its big name visitors, this hotel has been extensively refurbished. A bit on the pricey side but a once in a lifetime stay. Famous for Churchill & Eisenhower’s pre D-Day meeting, Edward & Mrs Simpson, and the famous writer Agatha Christie....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Markfp1966
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dependant on the tide you can walk or take sea tractor out to the island (£2). The island has a great vantage point to look back at the south Devon Coast. short walks and many canoe, row or paddle board around its rugged coves. Small...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Travelled on the sea tractor there and back - operator was quite abrupt and preference was clearly being given to hotel guests. Nearly caused a riot when he told visitors wanting to travel back that it could be more than half an hour - quite...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Elspeth O
Reviewed June 23, 2019

Have visited here a lot over the years and this was the first time we were able to actually walk across. The tractor is great to use but it was nice to walk. Walk to the top where there is awesome views

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Donna J
Reviewed June 22, 2019

Well worth a visit. Either walk across at low tide or via sea tractor. £2 each way. Nice pub there. Best views ever when you walk up the hill to the monument. The coves are stunning. Could have say on the hill admiring the views...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 17, 2019 via mobile

On a fine day this is a little gem. But beware! Access on foot over the sand bar is only possible 3 hours either side of low water. The tractor is fun and costs £2 each way BUT it is primarily for the hotel guests...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank janetcL5455US
Reviewed June 8, 2019

On a sunny day there can be few more beautiful places in the world. The pilchard inn has re-opened for service and serves a very nice pint.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank ascotjohn
Reviewed June 5, 2019

After a gentle walk across the beach we stopped at the pub for a quick drink. My wine was chilled to perfection and the view!!!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank patriciapennyh
Reviewed June 5, 2019

Walked across the beach to burgh island, had a great lunch then walked up to the top of the island, amazing views for miles, well worth the effort.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank spidra14
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

Lovely beach, fantastic beach, nice and relaxing, will be going back to watch the two sides of water meet.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank chijane
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January 14, 2019|
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Response from kittyginger | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, but I cannot answer your question. We drove to Bigbury aiming to walk across to the island and back before continuing our journey. However, it was raining so hard we viewed the island from the car park for five... More
Deborah S
October 29, 2015|
Response from Bmoe | Reviewed this property |
The Pilchard Inn serves food and has plenty of character. While we were staying on the island it closed early as the sea tractor couldn't run due to high winds.. Ask the hotel nearer the time re opening hours.